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Speaking truth

Elevating the conversation about race, equity and the quest for systemic change.

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Message from the Dean

Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, FIMS continues to grow.

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In Memoriam: Catherine Ross

FIMS is mourning the death of Catherine Ross, one of the Faculty's founding figures.

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Fair's fair

Kadie Ward, MA'07, is among the Western alumnae leading Ontario's Pay Equity Office at a critical point in its history.

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New faculty help raise Indigenous voices across campus

Sofia Locklear and Sally Kewayosh are among four Indigenous scholars starting at Western.

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Body of work

Drawing nude self-portraits exposed Quinn Rockliff's talent as an artist and advocate.

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News from FIMS Alumni

In Memoriam: Eugenia Canas (HIS PhD'19)
Western grads check in for Netflix debut (Jessica Nahmias, BA'07)
The race to row in Tokyo (Jill Moffatt, MHIS'19)
Post-secondary workplace harassment policies need to adapt to digital life (Chandelle Gosse, PhD'21)
More news from FIMS alumni

News from FIMS

From anxiety to confidence: Undergraduates show off their work as they wrap up summer research projects
El Salvador research project receives major grant (Amanda Grzyb)
Major funding secured for responsible-use AI program and Aging in Data research project (Joanna Redden)
Guardians of Sleep podcast (Sharon Sliwinski)
Navigating the world and ourselves through contemplation (Ajit Pyati)
Denying Black musicians their royalties has a history emerging out of slavery (Matt Stahl)
Environmental activists are being killed in Honduras over their opposition to mining (Giada Ferrucci)
Cop shows: Should they be cancelled or rebooted? (Tiara Sukhan)
The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices to 'do less harm and give people second chances' (Romayne Smith Fullerton)
Canadian colleges and universities can mandate COVID-19 vaccination without violating Charter rights (Sam Trosow, Julie Lowe)
In Afghanistan, opium is as big a winner as Islamic extremism (Giada Ferrucci)
More news from FIMS (Briefs, awards, media appearances, successful defenses, etc.)

Upcoming Events

Studying the COVID-19 Infodemic at Scale
Thursday, October 28, 2021
3:30 p.m.
Presented by Anatoliy Gruzd (The Social Media Lab, Toronto). Hosted by the FIMS Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology, currently held by Professor Anabel Quan-Haase. Online via Zoom. Link TBA. More information.

Postponed: Create/Collaborate! Virtual Coffeehouse
Originally scheduled for September 24, this Homecoming event was postponed and will be rescheduled in the future. Watch for Western Alumni communications or check the event page periodically to find out when it is rescheduled. Visit event page.

Recent Gifts

Eugenia Canas Memorial Award in Health Equity
Established by a generous donation from Helene Berman & Mark Flink, Nadine Wathen & Family, and many generous friends of Eugenia Canas, this award will be provided annually to a student enrolled full-time in a graduate program in Health Information Science. Preference will be given to a student from an equity-deserving group and/or a student who is conducting research in health equity with a preference for students conducting research involving youth.

Douglas L. English Memorial Bursary
Shirleyan English, MA'62 (Journalism), established the Douglas L. English Memorial Bursary to be awarded to a student in the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication (MMJC) program. The award was established in memory of Douglas Land English, who was a journalist for more than 60 years. He had a diverse career, mostly in print journalism, which was his passion. He was a prize-winning writer who delighted in telling stories of his travels, many of which were published during his time as Travel Editor at the London Free Press. Shirleyan English is herself a published author, having co-written Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes in 2019. She currently lives in London, Ontario.



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